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10-25-2014, 06:01 PM   #1
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Camera will not shoot at night?

It was dark at night and I wanted to take a shot with the flash, however, the focus keeps on hunting (which I understand) and the camera will not take a shot no matter how long I hold the shutter down etc? Is this normal?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Moropo Quote
It was dark at night and I wanted to take a shot with the flash, however, the focus keeps on hunting (which I understand) and the camera will not take a shot no matter how long I hold the shutter down etc? Is this normal?

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Depending on your settings, your shutter may not fire if you cannot obtain focus.
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Perhaps you would need to manually focus, given the low light? I'm guessing the camera will not take a shot if it cannot settle on a focus, but I don't have any experience shooting with a K50.
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I didn't know there was such a setting. Could you let me know which one is it?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Moropo Quote
I didn't know there was such a setting. Could you let me know which one is it?
Put it in manual focus or AF.C and it will fire even when not in focus.

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Well, I will try and help?
What mode is your camera in? (Auto, M, AP etc.)
Is flash onboard or Flashhead on hot shoe?
Yes, at night with no light, auto focus will not work.
Low light you maybe able to get focus, but I really do not know your camera?
I would take off auto and shoot in manuel.

Not sure this helps any?
Need more information really. Good luck
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You can also set focus priority in custom menu 2, but manual focus is a better idea, and using focus peaking in live view. This is where focus peaking really shines.
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The AF system on your camera has a lower limit of sensitivity at about the same EV as the metering system. If it is too dim for the AF system to acquire focus, it is time to switch to manual focus. Changing focus mode or configuration will make no difference. If you actually want the subject to be in focus, you will have to do it yourself. That is where it gets sticky. The optical viewfinder is really no help here. Live view might be a good option. If your lens has distance scales on the focus ring you can estimate and use that for focus.


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Start by turning the AF assist light back on.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Giklab Quote
Start by turning the AF assist light back on.
Ha! I finally remembered this, but you beat me to it.

I keep forgetting the assist light is there.


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I keep forgetting the assist light is there.
Exactly. There have been a number of times when the AF light enabled a shot.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Giklab Quote
Exactly. There have been a number of times when the AF light enabled a shot.
It is important to keep one's fingers out of the way of the lamp!


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Either that or if your flash has it use its assist lighting.
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Thanks for the replies.

I did have the AF light turned on but it didnt help at all. I now understand I have to put it in manual focus.

Thanks again.
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